We are a small special library, essentially supporting SAIAB and Rhodes University faculty and students. “Contributing to research and teaching in aquatic biodiversity through heritage collections and a global web of data”.
An overview of what we have available for use in our library.
When ‘shopping’ for information, students are faced with an overwhelming unordered display of finds, as in a factory shop. The library attempts to provide the boutique experience relevant to their needs.
The aim is for you to find what you need – eventualy by yourself
Through the SAIAB website, Libguide and the blog we can feature items, here a research piece on a donation to the JLB Smith Collection. http://www.saiab.ac.za/features/not-just-old-stuff-in-boxes---special-collections-in-the-margaret-smith-library.htm Primary sources can add value to the specimen records. Shown here is Smith’s 1950 diary with a 1935 map of Portuguese East Africa (now Mozambique) with annotations made by Smith in 1956.
Library online presence on the SAIAB website http://www.saiab.ac.za/library.htm and the Libguide at http://ru.za.libguides.com/saiablibrary Libguide. Social media we currently use (June 2016) to enhance these web pages, and for teaching, research and outreach. Background image: drawing of coelacanth by Marjorie Courtney-Latimer sent to JLB Smith after first discovery of the living coelacanth in 1938.
Our Libguide, hosted by Rhodes University Library, with whom we share resources and services. These webpages are a one-stop shop of our resources and services, and we use these in library information teaching sessions.
The library can be ‘without walls” or virtual if we make use of technology like digitisation, and social media applications – and integrate all platforms.